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Customer portfolio gives you immense amount of knowledge about your customer base. To serve them well, it is crucial for you to know them well.
A customer portfolio consists of all the details you need to maintain a relationship with your customer. Through this, you are able to know your customer well and engage with them effectively. Customer portfolio management is done through tools like ERP, CRM, or customer success software that collects and stores all the customer data at one central location.
The details associated with customer portfolio may include:
Clearly, you can see how important it is to give you an overview of the customer. But there’s more to it.
Once you get all the details of the customer through their portfolio, you can use it for different purposes which are:
Imagine engaging with a client of whom you don’t have the complete information and you go clueless on some obvious point in the meeting, it would taint your reputation drastically. Instead of looking for the information all over the place, you can refer to the customer portfolio before meeting them and know everything you need to hold a meaningful conversation with them. Once you have a clear picture of who the main contacts are, what industry they belong to, what potential for business expansion do they hold, your engagement would be as effective as it can get.
You can not serve everything to everyone. You need to prioritize your customers for the amount of time and the level of service you can provide to them. To decide who goes first and who stands last, you need to refer to their portfolio and prioritize them accordingly.
Based on the portfolio, you can also know which are the customers that are not adding any value to your business. You can discard them straight away which would allow you to create more headspace for serving valuable clients.
Customer portfolio management is more than just collecting the basic information of the customer. Lot of criteria fit in while analyzing the customer portfolio which are:
The type of customer is crucial for you to know to perform your customer success management activities. Few types are:
This is another criteria for customer knowledge management – how profitable they are to your business. Know that profitability doesn’t solely depend on ticket size. The level of service needed to retain them is equally important. Out of the three categories of low, medium and high profitability, sometimes a medium size customer with no support required is more beneficial than a high-sized customer requiring extensive service.
This is the clear-cut way of analyzing the portfolio. The revenue they generate annually or monthly and the percentage of their contribution on your total ARR also hold importance in serving them. This comes under the category of recurring revenues.
Another category of revenue can be calculated based on customer lifetime value. Based on customer profile, a lifetime value can be projected which helps companies to meet their needs and decide the level of service they would give.
Final category of revenues is through potential upsells or cross-sells opportunities a customer holds for a business.
Geography also plays a crucial role in strategizing for customers. Your customers might be spread across different states, countries and in the world. Different criteria like government policies, climate conditions, and business environments add up to the strategies you would create for serving those customers from different locations.
Based on customer activity also you can segregate their portfolios. Customers who are active or passive need different levels of engagement and hence must be identified beforehand.
This is one of the main aspects of segregating the customer – based on their business domain or niche. Customers belonging to a particular niche must be assembled together and the right personnel must be assigned to serve them who possess domain knowledge. Knowing the customer domain is important because it allows you to provide them contextual solutions while also creating the right product-market fit. When you are segregating customers according to their niche, you are opening up to the new verticals of businesses.
Software is frequently bought, used for a year, and then becomes shelf ware the next year. Although it pains us as software manufacturers to believe that the things we worked so hard to create will ultimately turn out that way, it is the case.
Therefore, as a digital marketer, can you contribute to averting this terrible outcome for your product? Promote client success in all facets of the business.
This directly relates to upgrade or renewal plans in marketing, as well as customer success activities. The chance is substantially bigger.
As digital marketers, we have access to so many additional platforms through which we may spread different messages.
Communities and forums are useful for assisting users of the items, but we may concentrate on the chance to diversify the portfolio to foster ongoing success.
Here are some of the steps to get started:
You may easily segment your audience based on profile and behavioral data by linking your marketing automation system (MAS) or customer relationship management (CRM) system with your preferred personalization solution.
This will make it possible to communicate a more meaningful message.
This will reveal what matters to your customers, where they spend the most time, and how to get in touch with them.
This is a fantastic chance to demonstrate how a customer may increase their initial investment while reaping operational benefits and gaining that competitive advantage.
Use this chance to highlight goods that can be used in combination with their current offerings or that can be effortlessly integrated.
Additionally, we can take advantage of this as a chance to provide package discounts or even to create messaging that help demonstrate how simple it is for people to utilize the product.
Even more, we can discuss how strengthening their position in the market will give them an advantage over rivals.
If your message is just posted on your website, will your audience notice it?
Does it suffice?
Can you reach them through other means, like social media or advertising?
Do not rely on a single channel; instead, go where your consumer is and give a message that will encourage their involvement and customer success.
You are now prepared to launch your campaign.
But before you do, allow me to give you one more piece of advice:
Personalization is not a task that can be completed once and left alone.
Refining your messaging as your consumer progresses through their journey is crucial to boost engagement further.
The more pertinent the message, the more probable it is that people will respond, increasing sales for your business.
Once you have the right portfolio for all kinds of customers, you can create the service packages for each of them. You can do so by:
Different CSMs have different levels of expertise and experience. Assigning the ones with the right skill sets to the right kind of customers is paramount for you to conduct your customer success service.
You need to define goals for the customers belonging to different stages in their customer journey. Their portfolios are different and so are their goals. What they want to achieve as the next milestone should be thoroughly understood by your CSMs and must be worked with.
Based on customer service knowledge, your customer engagement strategy must take shape. You must allocate right amount of time and effort for the customers needing most to least support from you. Which customers need most and least support can be known by looking at different parameters in their portfolio.
Demonstrating value from time to time is an important part of customer success practice. Hence, what values to be shown to which customer can be known through the customer portfolio.46
Customer portfolio gives you an immense amount of knowledge about your customer base. To serve them well, it is crucial for you to know them, their business, their contact persons, and much more. Only through right understanding of a customer would you be able to add value to their business and build a lasting relationship.
Anshi has over 12 years of experience in demand generation, digital marketing, and managing global teams. In her prior role as head of marketing operations for a high growth US healthcare tech organization she transformed marketing from cost to revenue center.
Published March 22, 2021, Updated May 04, 2023
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